Rutgers-Iowa Total Set at 28 - Lowest Ever?

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Nov/09/2023

The Over/Under total for the Rutgers-Iowa college football game is at a historic low of 28.

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ho are the cappers backing in the Rutgers-Iowa game?

Not since at least 2000 have we seen a total this low in college football.

Rutgers-Iowa will be the first game with an over/under total of less than 30 in ESPN's odds database.

Six games since 2000 have had a total less than 34.

"I looked through my database and couldn't find a number in the 20s," Craig Mucklow, a longtime Las Vegas oddsmaker with Caesars Sportsbook, said on a company podcast. "I did find 1,500 games over the last five years with higher first-half totals [than 28]."

72 percent of the action was on the OVER 28 and that number hasn't really moved.

Some books opened at 29.  Others were still holding at 28.5. 

The AP explained the likely rationale behind this super low number.

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"Rutgers also has a staunch defense (17.9), but a more productive offense (26.8) than the Hawkeyes. That's why the total at BetMGM and Westgate is 28 points, and it's 28 1/2 at FanDuel Sportsbook. BetMGM and Westgate reported it's the lowest total they have produced."

Rutgers lost to Ohio State last week but played them well throughout much of that game.  The Scarlett Knights are also playing well above expectations this season following years of mediocrity.  They are 6-3 Straight Up, Bowl eligible and they've only failed to cover in one game, a straight up victory against Michigan State (they pushed versus the Buckeyes last week).

Iowa is 7-2 Straight Up with a 4-4-1 ATS record. 

New Jersey gamblers will have very few options to bet on Rutgers.  None of the New Jersey state-regulated sportsbook apps can take bets on Rutgers or games that feature the Scarlett Knights.  Few of the offshore sportsbooks allow customers from the Garden State either.  Reliable local credit bookies come courtesy of referrals you probably won't find in time of this game.

Iowa will let its residents bet on the Hawkeyes, just not college props. The Iowa apps also won't allow individuals to open a betting account with their credit cards.

- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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